College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2010 baccalaureate college rankings. We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). For an explanation of each category, click here. For more information about the overall goals of the rankings, click here. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

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Research
Service
    
  Overall
Score
Students
receiving
Pell grants
Predicted grad rate Actual grad rate RankResearch
expenditures,
in millions
Rank
Bachelor's
to PhD
rank
Peace
Corps
Rank
ROTC
Rank
Federal
work-study
funds spent
on service
Rank
Community
service
participation
and hours
served
Rank
Service
staff,
courses and
financial aid
support
Rank
1Bard Col. at Simon's Rock (MA)10024%71%73%141$0.00231114150%68281
2Northwestern College (IA)9131%58%60%134$0.00238414118%90215
3Taylor University (IN)8618%66%78%48$0.00239614110%197830
4Cooper Union (NY)7915%81%86%103$0.172229710327%398281
5Messiah College (PA)7717%62%77%26$0.00232910648%22692
6Augustana College (SD)7621%61%68%91$0.811733810121%758281
7Claflin University (SC)7372%34%51%16$0.9315116973913%1402329
8Elmira College (NY)7222%58%61%123$0.00232214127%2791125
9Trinity Christian College (IL)7270%45%59%33$0.002398321417%2786214
10Benedict College (SC)6976%19%29%63$1.6014176972512%1611711
11Elizabeth City State U. (NC)*6966%28%43%23$1.8912105971323%547875
12College of St. Mary (NE)6765%38%62%9$0.00231809714127%413710
13Loras College (IA)6627%55%60%111$0.0023161612916%1051915
14Manchester College (IN)6633%49%56%82$0.00231491418%2342037
15Concordia University (NE)6528%57%62%104$0.00236972217%968281
16Unity College (ME)6338%49%46%178$0.0023180214110%18968
17Mars Hill College (NC)6346%41%38%177$0.0023365712033%201018
18Midland Lutheran College (NE)6239%43%55%49$0.00232353516%1118281
19Franklin College (IN)6127%49%56%86$0.00231212111736%16167
20College of the Ozarks (MO)6156%46%58%50$0.00236297673%2931843
21Tuskegee University (AL)6020%42%46%119$14.3313385510%1828281
22Culver-Stockton College (MO)6048%45%53%78$0.0023249714139%124581
23Florida Southern College5924%54%52%169$0.00235982930%273620
24Ohio Northern University5920%63%74%53$0.002321306912%1562674
25Quincy University (IL)5956%45%52%84$0.0023179714129%378281
26Defiance College (OH)5738%47%58%52$0.0023140971417%26234
27Erskine College (SC)5623%55%58%129$0.00234978712%1598281
28Eastern Nazarene College (MA)5626%48%61%39$0.002325119740%108281
29Central State University (OH)*5672%24%28%116$2.321011197347%2558281
30Univ. of Maine, Farmington*5639%46%59%38$0.0023561313334%198281
31Ouachita Baptist Univ. (AR)5520%58%60%140$0.002351712815%1141335
32Univ. of Arkansas, Pine Bluff*5557%25%28%122$5.832117971612%1628281
33Buena Vista University (IA)5539%48%61%41$0.00235051767%2816421
34U. of the Cumberlands (KY)5447%42%37%202$0.002312397410%1854728
35Marietta College (OH)5328%54%63%66$0.0023716914117%991434
36Wiley College (TX)5399%18%27%71$0.00231029714110%2018281
37Adrian College (MI)5329%53%50%187$0.002326979279%18281
38Keuka College (NY)5236%41%52%51$0.00231649714140%11524
39Kentucky State University*5257%28%26%173$3.557137979915%1223473
40Wilmington College (OH)5241%45%55%58$0.0023539714111%1714116
41Huntington University (IN)5124%51%60%74$0.002373814130%304270
42Shaw University (NC)5171%19%28%72$1.8313135975812%1638164
43Lebanon Valley College (PA)5122%58%68%57$0.002312391029%2128281
44Dordt College (IA)5126%59%69%60$0.0023196314118%918281
45U. of Pittsburgh, Johnstown*5028%49%62%35$0.0023308813815%1206631
46Covenant College (GA)5024%60%65%112$0.002337126612%1538281
47Voorhees College (SC)5087%15%28%43$0.00231809760%2978281
48St. Augustine's College (NC)4975%19%8%263$0.00231629777%2652226
49Brescia University (KY)4931%45%41%191$0.002359714110%1948281
50Black Hills State University (SD)*4936%44%31%277$2.94870893012%1577376
51Ohio Valley University (WV)4967%40%65%6$0.0023180971417%2578281
52Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC)4927%49%54%110$0.00234497909%219736
53MacMurray College (IL)4954%39%49%61$0.0023549714129%368281
54Milwaukee Sch. of Engineering4919%63%55%232$3.746101975519%838281
55University of Dubuque (IA)4921%47%43%190$0.00239261313%1395017
56North Carolina Wesleyan College4859%26%61%1$0.002310497499%2088281
57Winston-Salem State U. (NC)*4855%32%39%89$2.091116597578%2386778
58Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott (AZ)4821%58%56%171$0.002311518210%1808281
59Newberry College (SC)4835%45%40%203$0.0023180441512%160316
60Cedarville University (OH)4722%62%67%113$0.002361701914%1288281
61Penn. State U., Penn. State Dubois*4746%39%64%7$0.00231809714122%585632
62Wilson College (PA)4623%48%62%29$0.0023323114130%318281
63Marian College (IN)4635%48%45%176$0.0023144807514%124433
64Elizabethtown College (PA)4615%59%70%56$0.002375491417%2761559
65Rocky Mountain College (MT)4636%39%58%12$0.0023126714122%728281
66McMurry University (TX)4546%40%41%148$0.0023763414137%138281
67Notre Dame College of Ohio4544%39%56%18$0.00231636712730%287162
68St. Joseph's Col. New York4445%40%74%2$0.00231499711212%1518281
69Mount Mercy College (IA)4429%50%61%55$0.0023103971417%2802919
70Blue Mountain College (MS)4435%42%56%34$0.002311971410%2978281
71Oklahoma Baptist University4423%55%59%115$0.0023282014113%1448281
72Langston University (OK)*4466%23%16%219$4.4141549713713%1438281
73Missouri Western State University*4342%41%29%273$0.002312577408%230152
74McKendree University (IL)4334%48%67%11$0.0023119971359%2225156
75Geneva College (PA)4331%52%59%90$0.0023189714110%1968281
76Briar Cliff University (IA)4348%45%54%70$0.0023107461118%2498281
77Blackburn College (IL)4342%48%41%215$0.002327251414%2928281
78Bethune-Cookman University (FL)4366%35%41%99$0.002314197338%2488281
79Coker College (SC)4352%43%59%21$0.00231809714117%958067
80CUNY, York College (NY)*4263%29%23%208$2.5591799713610%1908281
81Martin Methodist College (TN)4249%40%51%54$0.00231809714112%1494822
82John Brown University (AR)4220%60%68%79$0.002390194410%1818281
83University of the Ozarks (AR)4230%52%42%254$0.0023152914111%1738281
84Iowa Wesleyan College4243%41%23%292$0.0023479714123%522523
85Philander Smith College (AR)4282%23%20%185$0.00231249714120%778281
86Free Will Baptist Bible College (TN)4149%43%70%3$0.002318097460%2978281
87Grace Col. and Seminary (IN)4125%53%54%144$0.0023312814113%1348281
88University of Sioux Falls (SD)4123%53%50%180$0.0023352414129%338281
89Chadron State College (NE)*4135%49%49%157$0.002369832721%748281
90Howard Payne University (TX)4137%45%41%196$0.0023969714148%84681
91Bluffton University (OH)4032%50%62%44$0.002338971419%2058281
92Southern Arkansas University*4047%42%31%266$0.00231759714123%56268
93Penn. State U., Penn. State Erie, Behrend Col.*4026%52%64%45$0.002377974122%588281
94Catawba College (NC)4031%52%40%274$0.0023875611929%355351
95Clearwater Christian College (FL)4037%49%44%200$0.002318097831%248281
96Alderson-Broaddus Col. (WV)4048%43%48%108$0.002355971417%2648281
97Mont. Tech of the U. of Mont.*4026%57%38%293$5.54397971419%2028281
98Johnson & Wales University, Florida Campus3952%36%48%46$0.00231809714119%804963
99College of Our Lady of the Elms (MA)3930%43%69%4$0.0023639710811%1708281
100Milligan College (TN)3924%53%66%36$0.0023429714115%1168281